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Uniontown names assistant to superintendent

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The Uniontown Area School Board this week approved the appointment of administrator Thomas R. Colebank as assistant to the superintendent at no change in salary.

Superintendent Dr. Charles Machesky said he recommended the move because Colebank's “authority has been questioned.”

“Mr. Colebank will continue to do what he has been doing,” Machesky said. “Technology decisions are being made in the school district, and I just want to make sure that the staff understands that Mr. Colebank has the authority to make the decisions.”

The appointment was effective Dec. 5.

Machesky explained that Colebank was hired as transportation coordinator, but he began handling the federal funds programs after the former federal funds coordinator retired from the position.

“I'm concerned that Mr. Colebank is going to become overwhelmed because he has too much work to do right now,” said school Director Susan Clay.

Machesky, who retired as superintendent last year, will continue to volunteer his services until March 2013.

The school district hired Medved of Hopwood to move the administrative offices from the Central School building on East Church Street to the recently remodeled senior high school at a cost of $22,840.

Two other proposals were from Vesley Brothers of Fayette City at a cost of $53,000 and South Hills Movers for $51,400.

“The move is supposed to take place during a three-day period on Dec. 22, 26 and 27,” Machesky said. “The administrative offices will be moving to the fourth floor of the high school. Money for the move will be provided through income that was generated when Central School was sold last month.”

In other action, the board:

• Voted 5-4 to agree to pay half of the salary for Uniontown city police Officer Michael Garrow, who has been working at the high school under a grant-funded position. When the grant runs out, the school district and the city will split the cost of Garrow's salary. The school district's portion is expected to be about $25,000.

• Hired Courtney Swenglish as a special education teacher assigned to the high school, effective Dec. 5. The hiring was recommended by Dr. Annette Conti, the district's director of special education.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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